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Freer Gallery, Washington DC, January 4, 2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The entrance to the yogic art exhibit at the Freer

The entrance to the yogic art exhibit at the Freer

Saturday morning, January 4, 2014 I had the opportunity to take in the special exhibit of yogic art at the Freer Gallery, one of the Smithsonian buildings on the National Mall, in our nation’s great capital. Just as we finished, the docent started the guided tour and so we tagged along and saw it again, hearing more detail about some of the pieces.

The yogic art is in terrific shape. The sculptures are missing very few of their parts and pieces (noses are mostly gone, an arm or two might be missing – but they often are depicted with four or six arms). Even so, they convey power, serenity, and beauty.

One of the surprising things to me was the vibrancy of the colors in the printed pieces. It’s hard to believe these drawings and paintings are more than 100 years old. The reds and blues are so rich.

The exhibit ends with a large screen with videos playing. The screen is divided into six parts and it shows film from 1938 of BKS Iyengar and his teacher, Kristamacharya, doing yoga. It’s great to watch them, seemingly effortlessly go from one excruciatingly difficult pose (or in my case, currently impossible) to another. And at one point, at the completion of a pose, Iyengar turns turns to the camera and flashes a little smile. It’s a great moment.

Well worth the trip, the exhibit is only in DC until the end of the month. It will travel to Cleveland and San Francisco later this year.

Museo de Oro Precolumbino

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The morning started at Museo de Oro Precolumbino y Numismatica, a three in one museum cleverly hidden underground at Plaza de la Cultura. This museum houses an exhibit on the money of Costa Rica, it’s history and the influence of the coffee culture and Spanish, an art exhibit and the Pre-Columbian gold. There is a Heidelberg press included in the exhibit that was used to imprint paper bills. It’s weird and yet somewhat comforting how a printing press is so recognizable.

Lola Fernandez’s art is on display. She is a Costa Rican artist. Included are a couple of three minute videos on different painting techniques and examples on how Lola incorporated those techniques in her work.

The main event, though, is the gold or metallurgy of Pre-Columbian society. There are gold pieces and then more gold pieces. Almost redundantly so, the exhibit seems to go on and on. All of it is nicely done, with signs in both Spanish and English, and well worth the visit.

Opening, May 31 from 4-7 PM

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Tonight I’ll be at Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub at 612 Woodward in Detroit. Fourteen of my photos are on the walls and during happy hour there will be food for all. Thanks to my friend Ken for brokering this opportunity, helping me hang the photos, and for boosting my confidence along the way.

The photos will be up during the month of June and if there’s a closing party, I’ll post it here, too.

Photos at Sweetwater’s

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

The Ann Arbor Women Artists partners with Ann Arbor businesses to provide art for their walls. One of the artists in the current eight week show removed her pieces early so I volunteered to fill the vacant space. Until the end of the month, there are eleven of my photos at Sweetwater’s on Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor. I’ll be part of a show in the fall, too, and will (hopefully) have some new work up then.


Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Wednesday night I went to the University of Michigan Museum of Art for the Fluxus event. The performance was interesting, funny, weird and like nothing I’d ever been to.

The evening began with the “Well-Healed Miscreants” distributing the programs that had been folded into paper airplanes. They were flying all over the Helmut Stern Auditorium. On the program were 28 pieces. Some lasted under a minute, others several minutes.

Ben Patterson started off the evening with “A Dozen for Carmen”. Each of the Well-Healed Miscreants walked from the back of the auditorium with a rose in their teeth, depositing them one by one in a blender that was half full of water. Patterson blended the water and roses, poured a wine glass full, and then, in one feel swoop, drank the whole thing.

Apparently the Fluxus movement began in the 1960’s and this performance art came out of the music world. Many of the pieces incorporated sound. “Nivea Cream Piece” consisted of four people approaching the a table with a jar of Nivea Cream, putting it on their hands, massaging it into their hands and each others’ in front of the microphone.

“Apples” was a piece with four people eating apples in front of the micorphone. “Lottery Ticket” was a piece with a single man sitting at a table with a microphone attached underneath using a nickel to scratch off lottery ticket after lottery ticket. “Wall Piece for Yoko Ono” included audience participation. A couple of the performers placing Post-It notes with targets drawn on them all over the auditorium walls. Then they asked us to all get out of our seats, find a target and, on the count of three, tap our heads to the target. The collective sound was quite a bit louder than I expected. Striking!!

My favorite piece was “Cow Pong” where all the Well-Healed Miscreants lined the stage, each holding a cow bell and ping pong ball. They each bounced the ping pong balls on the side of the cow bell until it fell off. Seven of them dropped out quite quickly. The three hung in there for a while longer. Finally it was just two players making an interesting combined rythym until one fell out and the other finished the piece by letting the ping pong ball come to rest on his bell.

2 febrero – Guayasamin Museum in Quito

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Many of the guidebooks recommend the Guayasamin Museum. Oswaldo Guayasamin was a famous Ecuadorian artist. The museum includes quite a number of his paintings as well as some of his sketches. He has a distinctive style and I’d seen some of his work on posters around town previous to my visit. There is also a collection of pre-Columbian art, including some really beautiful bowls.

It was nice to sit in the gallery and look at art today. I hadn’t been in this particular part of town and the route home took me through a little piece of Parque Metropolitano. I managed the bus most of the way there (took a taxi the last bit since I didn’t know where it was) and got the bus all the way back to the Swiss Hotel.

I still feel the elevation. The walk from the bus stop is all uphill and although I feel like I’m expending lots of energy, when I check my velocity it’s barely registering!

Ann Arbor Women Artist Opening Reception

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This Friday, April 1, is the opening reception for this year’s AAWA juried show. The exhibit will hang for about a month at the Ann Arbor Public Library. The reception will be there from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. It’s fun to hear the juror point out things about the entries and announce the winners. I’ll be there … feel free to join me!

You Will Teach People to Find Peace

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Last night I had the good fortune to walk among fortunes embroidered on childrens gowns. Some of the fortunes were quite striking evoking strong emotions – I laughed, was sad and found one I hoped would be mine. I’m not sure I remember them verbatim but here are a few I remember:
You will be attracted to cruel women
You will be attracted to lazy men
You will never recover from the suicide of your parents
You will never be good enough in your parents eyes
You will trust your instincts
You will be a creative visionary
And the one I hope will be my fortune – You will teach people to find peace.


Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Friday, May 29 Washington Street Gallery (now on Main Street) is hosting an opening of Valerie Mann’s latest art work. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Valerie a couple of times. She’s one of those people I instantly like – she’s friendly, creative, supportive, cute and funny.

“Fortunes” is an installation piece of 50 vintage children’s gowns with ‘fortunes’ embroidered on them. There are certainly other things in the gallery. I think the Main Street space is larger (I haven’t been there since they moved) than the Washington Street space.

The opening is from 7-10 Friday and I’ll be going. If you want to go along, give me a call.